For the 9th Year in a row, Brews to the Beach will give us a chance to spend one of those transitional summer/fall weekends drinking beer and hanging out by the beach. The event always is a blast but this year’s Shore Craft Beer Fest: Brews on the Beach has even more to offer than before.

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In addition to all and only local craft beers, which is what sets these festivals apart, there will be a selection of food trucks, a homebrew competition, and still one of the greatest views available. Here are the best reasons to go in 10 photos from last year’s event.

1. A commemorative pint glass

Of course, the glass isn’t so much the point as the commemoration. We all have those festivals we’ve attended that turned out to be spectacular without our planning to have made it so. When you grab a pint glass from the cabinet, maybe to have a glass of water or something some dreary winter day, it’s a nice remembrance. A little time travel excursion.

You always can use another commemorative pint glass!

2. Location, location, location

The Shore Craft Beer Fest: Brews on the Beach is held at the Hooper’s Crab House property with expansive views of the Assawoman Bay. Since it’s in West Ocean City, there’s no traffic to fight and, if you’re staying in town, there’s a bus stop just across from the festival.

You really can’t beat the view, even on a hazy late-summer day.

3. Trying beers you might not get elsewhere

One of the great things about this festival is that it’s intimate enough (and long enough) that you get a chance to try beers you might not normally get to try and to talk to brewery reps about them. Many Shore Craft Beers are distributed pretty widely, but lots are not. Even bigger breweries like Evo have beers that aren’t too widely available.

Talk to reps about beers you never have tasted before.

4. You can bring your non-craft drinking friends

There’s music and food and a bar on the premises, so if your traveling companion would rather have an Orange Crush than an orange wheat (although God knows why) they can have it. It’s also a nice change of pace for people who otherwise would have to skulk around not drinking while everyone else was.

If you’re looking for a change of pace, there’s more than just beer to drink.

5.Many brewers will be on hand

Since the Craft Beer Festival circuit hasn’t exploded just yet, oftentimes brewers themselves can make it to the event to talk about their beers and tell you why they’re great. Even though it’s cool to have the reps (who often can be more enthusiastic than the brewers) having a brewer to talk to is always a nice bonus.

Serious brewers mean serious business, even though it’s really all in good fun.

6. It’s a great festival for chilling out

The tents are huge and there’s plenty of space. That means, even when it’s at capacity you don’t have to worry about being on line for days or bumping up against people at every turn. There always are nice crowds (both literally and figuratively) but it’s not claustrophobic and people generally are friendly.

It’s laid back, even for a beer festival.

7. More tables than you need

One of the best things about this beer festival that sets it apart from most others is there are plenty of tables and places to sit. There is little more irksome than spending $15 on lunch and trying to balance it or your knee while you drink your beer. Tables aren’t all in front of the band, either, so if you don’t prefer all the music with your dinner, you’re still in the clear.

Plenty of seats, plenty of food, plenty of cover.

You can become a regular

People who come to these Shore Craft Beer Fests tend to see one another and remember each other. As the unofficial inaugural festival season event, it’s a great time for people to relax together, have a beer and talk about beers they intend to have throughout the season.

You might get to take a photo with Tall Tales brewer Eric Camper, the Mayor of Beer Festivals!

Food selections keep getting better

Recent Shore Craft Beer Fests have been great events for food truck operators. so much so, that it is something both attendees and vendors have come to expect. Although the lineup continues to evolve, you can be sure that the selection will be splendid and the food memorable.

Plenty of great food selections.

It is a lot of fun

Although it goes without saying that Shore Craft Beer Fests always are fun, as I was going through the photos I couldn’t choose between many of the goofy photos I got. I settled on this one, because this guy was in three of the top five goofiest.

People aren’t necessarily afraid to get a little silly, and it isn’t necessarily because of the beer.
Tony Russo
Author: Tony Russo

Tony Russo has worked as a print and digital journalist for the better part of the 21st century, writing for and editing regional weeklies and dailies before joining the team that produces OceanCity.com and ShoreCraftBeer.com among other destination websites. In addition to having documented everything from zoning changes to art movements on the Delmarva Peninsula, Tony has written two books on beer for the History Press. Eastern Shore Beer was published in 2014 and Delaware Beer in 2016. He lives in Delmar, Md. with his wife Kelly and the only of his four daughters who hasn't moved out. Together they keep their two dogs comfortable.

2 Responses

  1. Looking forward to all the great beers would be great to see a list of the breweries and what they’re bringing. U can do it Tony! The in advance.

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